kam irgendwann im Juli raus. (Müßte nochmals suchen, woher ich ihn hatte, da abgespeichert)Ich weiß auch nicht ob er in irgendeinem Thread schon gestanden hat, da ich nicht die Zeit habe jeden Tag vorbeizuschauen. Stell in trotzdem rein,:
China Tries To Hold Down Price Of New National ID
The volumes may be huge, but the profit margins are likely to be thin on the new chip-based Chinese national ID card that the government plans to begin testing early in 2004. And whether non-Chinese smart card companies will be able to get any piece of the action remains a question. In fact, many questions remain about what could be the largest smart card project ever, an ID card for upwards of 1 billion Chinese adults. What is known is that China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress on June 28 passed the National Citizen ID Law, authorizing a chip-based ID to replace the easily faked plastic card that’s been in use since the mid-1980s. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2004, and tests of a smart card ID will start next year in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Huzhou City in Zhejiang Province, according to the Smart Card Forum of China.
The card, often referred to in China as the second-generation national ID card or just "the second card," will be a contactless chip card that can be read when placed near a terminal without being inserted into a slot. Data on the card will include name, gender, nationality, date of birth, address, national ID number, photo, date of issuance and issuer.
China has chosen domestic semiconductor companies to develop the chips for the ID card. These include Shanghai Huahong, Tadang, Huada, Qingua. However, some international smart card players hope to get a piece of the action by partnering with Chinese companies. Similarly, only state-owned Chinese smart card manufacturers will be in line to provide the cards. Some of the vendors expected to supply the ID cards include Shangdong Huaguan, China Electronics Corp., Eastcom Peace and Datang. Besides cards, the project is expected to require as many as 10 million chip card readers.
Sources say the government is budgeting only 14 RMB ($1.63) per card, a price considered low by some vendors. "This project is very huge in size, but not very profitable," says Yang Xiaochuan, vice president of Eastcom Peace. "Do not forget it is a government project."
Up until now, the ID card has only been tested in labs, sources say. The Public Security Ministry, which oversees the ID card project, declined to comment on the timetable for pilots or a rollout of the chip-based ID card.